Daniel Carter: Born, Height, Age, Spouse, Net Worth, Retired

Daniel Carter
Written by Jon Snow


Full Name Daniel William Carter
Profession (s) Rugby Player

Personal Information

Date of Birth March 5, 1982
Day of Birth Friday
Place Of Birth Southbridge, Canterbury, New Zealand
Spouse Honor Dillon


Turned Professional 2002
Position(s) Flyhalf, Centre

Money Factor

Dan Carter’s Income / Salary:

Total worth in 2019

$100K-1M (Approx.)


Early Life

  • Dan Carter was born on 5th March 1982 to parents Neville and Bev Carter. He reflected his interest in rugby from the age of 5 when he began playing rugby as half black for Southbridge Club in New Zealand.
  • While growing up, Carter was someone who did not wear his heart on his sleeves and kept his aspirations to himself. He had a great grand uncle, Bill Dalley who also played for All Blacks Invincible of 1924-25.
  • Carter went to Ellesmere College where he usually played at first five-eighth. He was then gotten to Christchurch Boys’ High School in his final year to carve a niche for himself in the world of rugby.

Professional Career

  • In 2002, Dan Carter appeared for his first provincial debut for Canterbury and then in 2003, the Super Rugby Franchise, Crusaders tied up with Carter.
  • By the dent of Carter’s performance, the Crusaders made it to the Super 12 competition in 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2006 back to back. But they lost in the finals of 2003 and 2004.
  • Carter also played for several European clubs like Stade Toulousain and Perpignan.
  • In June 2008, Carter entered into a six-month contract with Perpignan which paid him £30,000 per game.
  • On 31 January 2009, he injured his Achilles tendon while playing for Perpignan against Stade Francais. However, even after Carter’s injury, Perpignan still emerged in the Top 14.
  • Carter recuperated over the period of time to play for Canterbury in Air New Zealand Cup of 2009.
  • In 2009 only, Carter got selected to play for All Blacks against Australia.
  • In May 2012, Carter emerged as the top scorer in the history of Super Rugby garnering a total of 1301 points.
  • In December 2014, Carter reportedly partnered with a Parisian Club called Racing Metro post-Rugby World Cup of 2015 for three years. Apparently, he was being paid €1,500,000 per season which made him the highest-paid rugby player in the world.
  • On 24 June 2016, Carter won the 2016 Top 14 final for Racing Metro and beat Toulon at Camp Nou. He was announced as the Man of the Match in the game.
  • On 25 November 2017, Dan Carter parted ways with Racing 92 in France after the end of the season.
  • On 16 July 2018, Carter tied up with a Japanese club called Kobelco Steelers.
  • It was reported on 17 February 2019 that Dan Carter was again joining Racing 92 when Patrick Lambie had to retire.

Carter’s International Career in Rugby

  • Carter was only 21 when he made his International debut for New Zealand’s All Blacks in Hamilton opposite Wales where he grabbed 20 points.
  • The following two matches of All Blacks also ended in victory because the defeated France by 31-23 and Australia by 50-21.
  • Currently, Carter has 1, 440 test points in his kitty out of which 29 are tries, 256 are conversions, are 255 penalties and 6 are drop goals.
  • Dan Carter is reportedly the highest-paid Rugby Player of New Zealand together with Richie McCaw. Carter makes NZD 750, 000 per year.
  • 2005 brought a remarkable record in the name of Carter when he played for All Blacks and beat the British and Irish by 48-18. Carter had got two tries, five penalties, and four conversions. In this match, Carter concluded the game with 33 points in toto thus breaking all the records of All Blacks.
  • In 2005, Carter became the first New Zealander to win the IRB Player of the Year.
  • In 2010, Carter etched another feat in his name when he scored a halfway penalty against Wales. This made him the highest point scorer of all times. With this record, he surpassed England’s Jonny Wilkinson who had got 1,178.
  • In 2011, Carter once again claimed the record when he advanced his score to 1,204 points in the first tri-nations match against South Africa.
  • At present, he has a total of 1,598 test points across 112 tests with an average of 14.27 points a game.
  • The news of Carter’s captaincy for All Blacks for the first time against Canada was on the cards. But later on, it was revealed that Carter would miss the rest of the 2011 Rugby World Cup owing to his groin tendon rupture.
  • Carter had signed a contract with the NZRU until 2015.
  • The entire Rugby fraternity was taken aback when Carter was not named in the list of New Zealand Player of the Year. Though he was named as IRB Player of the Year in 2012.
  • On 16 November 2013, when New Zealand had defeated England by 30-22, Carter registered another record of becoming the fifth All Black to play 100 caps when at Twickenham.
  • After Carter signed a deal with Racing Metro in France, he played with Richie McCaw in their final match in Christchurch.
  • He played his last test in New Zealand on 15 August 2015 during the Bledisloe Cup. This is one trophy which Carter has never lost since his debut.
  • The 2015 Rugby World Cup Final was a very special moment for All Blacks. Carter scored four penalties, converted two tries and kicked a drop goal against Australia that led to the victory for All Blacks.
  • After his performance at the 2015 Rugby World Cup, Carter was named the Man of the Match. Further, he got the IRB Player of the Year award for the third time.

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Dan Carter’s Marriage and personal life

  • Dan Carter was married to his girlfriend, Honor Carter who was a former Black Sticks striker. The couple got engaged in October 2010 and finally tied the knot on 9 December 2011 where ace rugby players to the likes of Richie McCaw and All Blacks former coach Graham Henry graced their wedding.
  • In 2012, Honor Carter was thrilled to bits while announcing her pregnancy and then Marco James Carter was born to the couple on 28 March 2013. Then, on 3 April 2015, she gave birth to their second son Fox William Carter.
  • In 2004 and 2005, a survey was conducted in which Dan Carter was voted as the sexiest male in New Zealand.
  • In 2006, he released a book called “Dan Carter: Skills & Performance”. This book contained anecdotes about Carter’s tryst with international rugby and as well as a section dedicated to skills for young rugby players.
  • In 2008, Carter was adjudged as 11th sexiest men in the world by an American Cable Channel E! which again voted him as the 3rd sexiest male athlete in the world in 2010.
  • Carter has endorsed Daikin heat pumps and Philips electric shavers in 2011.
  • In a small controversial incident, Carter was dropped by his sponsor, Land Rover in 2017 as he was driving with blood alcohol level which was twice the permissible limit under law.

Famous Quotes by Dan Carter

  • “I know what a long-shot race is like, and I’m willing to put the work in.”
  • “My life has been forged by middle-class values: faith, hard work, deep respect for America and all that she stands for.”
  • “I’m the best Twitterer.”
  • “I would support requiring an eligibility certificate for long-gun purchases because a permit gives the impression that someone could carry it loaded outside the home. That’s not what we want to do.”
  • “It’s a complicated issue, and you can’t boil it down in a tweet… two sentences cannot sum up the whole gun debate… The minute you try to talk about it honestly and openly, you get raked over the coals.”
  • “Most people who are looking to get a handgun are going to get a carry permit. But most people don’t carry around rifles with them; they keep them at home or at the range.”
  • “Nerves are natural, it means you’re ready to face a challenge and perform.”
  • “I want to reach for 150 or 200 points this season, whichever comes first.”
  • “In his study of Atlanta over the last 60 years, Kevin Kruse convincingly describes the critical connections between race, Sun Belt suburbanization, the rise of the new Republican majority. White Flight is a powerful and compelling book that should be read by anyone interested in modern American politics and post-World War II urban history.”

Honors and Achievements

  • Carter won the Kelvin Tremain Memorial Trophy in 2004 and 2005.
  • He was named the Rebel Sport Super 14 Player of the Year in 2004 and 2006.
  • Carter was announced as the IRB Player of the Year three times viz. in 2005, 2012 and 2015, He was nominated for this award in 2006 and 2008.
  • He has won another accolade as the BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year 2015.
  • He has got the much-deserved honor of Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to rugby in 2016 New Year Honours.
  • Carter then went on to bag the Laureus World Sports Award for Comeback of the Year in 2016.
  • He is the All-Time Super Rugby Leading Points Scorer and All-Time International Rugby Leading Point Scorer.

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For Canterbury

  • NPC/Air New Zealand Cup Champion, 2001, 2004, 2008, 2009 and 2010[54]
  • Ranfurly Shield holder

For Crusaders

  • Super Rugby Champion of 2005, 2006 and 2008
  • NZ Conference Winner of 2011
  • Super Rugby Centurion

For Perpignan

  • Top 14 Champion of 2009

For Racing 92

  • Top 14 Champion 2016

For Kobelco Steelers

  • Japan Top League Champion of 2018

New Zealand

  • Tri-Nations/The Rugby Championship Champion in the year 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014
  • British and Irish Lions Series Victory of 2005
  • Home Nations Grand Slam Tour of 2005, 2008, and 2010
  • Rugby World Cup Champion, 2011 and 2015
  • All Black Test Centurion


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